Could you be a virus super-spreader? 

Police officers in protective suits and masks work in Salisbury last week Credit: Getty

Here’s the scary thing: it isn’t a matter of if it will happen, but when. At some point in the future – possibly the very near future – Britain will be hit by a deadly pandemic, and its impact could be utterly devastating.

We probably won’t immediately know it when it arrives, either. It might come as a new strain of the influenza virus passed from animals to humans, such as in the case of avian and swine flu; it come from the rumbling threat of bio-terrorism; or it might be a pathogen no scientist has ever seen before, like the mysterious ‘Disease X’ the World Health Organisation convened to discuss in February. 

Whatever it is, 100 years on from the start of the Spanish Flu – which took little...

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